Asus ZenFone Max M2 vs ZenFone Max Pro M2: What's the Difference?

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Asus ZenFone Max M2 vs ZenFone Max Pro M2: What's the Difference?

Asus ZenFone Max M2 and ZenFone Max Pro M2 were launched in India on Wednesday

Highlights
  • Asus ZenFone Max M2 price in India starts at Rs. 9,999
  • Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 price starts at Rs. 12,999
  • The two phones run on stock Android, support Face Unlock

After many teasers, Asus has finally launched the Asus ZenFone Max M2 and the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 smartphones in the country. The two phones are priced fairly aggressively, and look to give tough competition to other entry-level and entry-to-mid level phones in the market. The Asus ZenFone Max M2 and the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 phones are a little bit different in terms of design, and come with slightly different specifications as well. The devices are both exclusive to Flipkart, and will go on sale next week with launch offers.

We pit the Asus ZenFone Max M2 with the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 to see what the differences between the two.

Asus ZenFone Max M2 vs ZenFone Max Pro M2 price

The most obvious difference between the two phones is the price. The Asus ZenFone Max M2 is cheaper than the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 variant, which starts at Rs. 12,999 for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage variant, going up to Rs. 14,999 for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage variant, and Rs. 16,999 for the 6GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage variant.

On the other hand, the Asus ZenFone Max M2 price in India starts at Rs. 9,999 for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage variant, going up to Rs. 11,999 for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant.

The ZenFone Max Pro M2 will be available in Blue and Titanium colour variants from December 18, exclusively via Flipkart. Launch offers include no-cost EMIs, and discounted rates for Flipkart's Complete Mobile Protection programme (available at Rs. 99).

On the other hand, ZenFone Max M2 will be available in Blue and Black colour variants in India from December 20, exclusively via Flipkart. It has similar launch offers.

 

Asus ZenFone Max M2 vs ZenFone Max Pro M2 design

At a slightly higher price, the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 offers a glossy reflective back panel finish for a more premium look, a display notch, a dual rear camera setup with LED flash support all aligned vertically one after the other, and a rear fingerprint sensor as well. The Asus ZenFone Max M2, on the other hand, sees a wider notch up front, a matte metal finish at the back with visible antenna bands.

The cheaper variant also sports a vertically stacked dual rear camera setup and a rear fingerprint sensor at the back.

Asus ZenFone Max M2 vs ZenFone Max Pro M2 specifications

Coming to hardware, the Asus ZenFone Max M2 and the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 both run on stock Android 8.1 Oreo, sport dual-SIM slots, and a dedicated microSD card slot for memory expansion. Both the devices sport 6.26-inch displays with 19: 9 aspect ratio, but resolutions of the Pro variant are at 1080x2280 pixels, while the ZenFone Max M2 variant sports a 720x1520 pixel resolution.

The Asus ZenFone Max M2 is powered by the Snapdragon 632 processor, while the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 is powered by the Snapdragon 660 processor. Both the phones are offered in 3GB RAM + 32GB storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage options, but the ZenFone Max Pro M2 is also offered in 6GB RAM + 64GB storage options.

Coming to the camera, the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 sports a dual rear camera setup, with a 12-megapixel primary sensor (Sony IMX486 sensor, f/1.8 aperture, and 1.25-micron pixels) coupled with a 5-megapixel dedicated depth sensor. The rear setup features EIS, 4K video recording support, and an LED flash module. On the front, the ZenFone Max Pro M2 sports a 13-megapixel sensor with an f/2.0 aperture, 1.12-micron pixels, and an LED flash module.

The Asus ZenFone Max M2 also sports a dual rear camera setup, with a 13-megapixel primary sensor (f/1.8 aperture, 1.12-micron pixels) coupled with a 2-megapixel dedicated depth sensor. The rear setup features 4K video recording support and an LED flash module. On the front, the ZenFone Max M2 sports an 8-megapixel sensor with an f/2.0 aperture, 1.12-micron pixels, and an LED flash module.

 

The Asus ZenFone Max M2 packs a 4,000mAh battery, while the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 packs a 5,000mAh battery. The cheaper priced variant is lighter at 160 grams, while the Pro variant weighs 175 grams. It is also thinner at 7.70mm, while the latter is 8.50mm thick. The Asus ZenFone Max M2 offers Bluetooth v4.2, while the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 offers Bluetooth v5.0. Both the phones support Face Unlock, and come with a rear fingerprint sensor as well.


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Asus ZenFone Max M2 vs Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 comparison
  Asus ZenFone Max M2 Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2
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GENERAL
BrandAsusAsus
ModelZenFone Max M2ZenFone Max Pro M2
Release dateDecember 2018December 2018
Launched in IndiaYes-
Dimensions (mm)158.41 x 76.28 x 7.70157.90 x 75.50 x 8.50
Weight (g)160.00175.00
Battery capacity (mAh)40005000
ColoursBlack, BlueBlue, Titanium
SAR value-0.62
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches)6.266.26
Resolution720x1520 pixels1080x2280 pixels
Aspect ratio19:919:9
Protection type-Gorilla Glass
HARDWARE
Processor1.8GHz octa-core1.95GHz octa-core
Processor makeQualcomm Snapdragon 632Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
RAM3GB4GB
Internal storage32GB64GB
Expandable storageYesYes
Expandable storage typemicroSDmicroSD
Expandable storage up to (GB)200200
Dedicated microSD slotYesYes
CAMERA
Rear camera13-megapixel (f/1.8, 1.12-micron) + 2-megapixel12-megapixel (f/1.8, 1.25-micron) + 5-megapixel
Rear flashLEDLED
Front camera8-megapixel (f/2.0, 1.12-micron)13-megapixel (f/2.0, 1.12-micron)
Front flashLEDLED
SOFTWARE
Operating systemAndroid 8.1 OreoAndroid 8.1 Oreo
CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi standards supported802.11 b/g/n802.11 b/g/n
BluetoothYes, v 4.20Yes, v 5.00
USB OTGYes-
Micro-USBYesYes
Number of SIMs22
NFC-No
Active 4G on both SIM cards-Yes
SIM 1
SIM TypeNano-SIMNano-SIM
4G/ LTEYesYes
SIM 2
SIM TypeNano-SIMNano-SIM
4G/ LTEYesYes
SENSORS
Face unlockYesYes
Fingerprint sensorYesYes
Compass/ MagnetometerYesYes
Proximity sensorYesYes
AccelerometerYesYes
Ambient light sensorYesYes
GyroscopeYesYes
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Stock Android
  • Powerful SoC
  • Bright and crisp display
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 6
  • Bad
  • Slow fingerprint scanner
  • Body smudges easily
  • Average cameras
Display6.26-inch
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 660
Front Camera13-megapixel
Rear Camera12-megapixel + 5-megapixel
RAM4GB
Storage64GB
Battery Capacity5000mAh
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Resolution1080x2280 pixels
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Stock Android with promised updates
  • Good battery life
  • Bad
  • Very poor low-light camera performance
  • Minor UI bugs
Display6.26-inch
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 632
Front Camera8-megapixel
Rear Camera13-megapixel + 2-megapixel
RAM3GB
Storage32GB
Battery Capacity4000mAh
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Resolution720x1520 pixels
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